"A 12-year-old San Antonio boy died Saturday afternoon south of Giddings when he was struck on the top of the head by the recoil of a Ruger .454 gun he was firing. The boy, identified by the Lee County Sheriffs Office as Marcus Wall, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Paul Fischer. According to the Sheriffs report, when Marcus asked to shoot the Ruger, Ramsey told the young boy the gun was too large for him to shoot. However, allegedly it was later OKed for him [Marcus] to shoot the gun. The report did not identify who gave permission for the child to shoot, though Ramsey stood by the boy when he fired. From the Sheriffs account of the incident, Marcus was instructed how to hold and shoot the gun. Mr. Ramsey assisted the victim [when taking aim] by holding his hand above the victims [hands] for the recoil, explained Deputy Meyer. When the gun was fired, the gun recoiled upward, hitting Marcus in the head causing head trauma. The guns owner, Ramsey, received injury to his fingers but was not transported for medical attention. The Sheriffs Office 911 dispatch received two calls reporting the incident, though only the second caller could identify their location. Deputy Mike York advised dispatch that he was in the area and had been flagged down and directed to the location. Upon arrival at the scene, Deputy York radioed to dispatch to cancel the call for an ambulance and to send out a Justice of the Peace. The recoil velocity of the Ruger .454 has been noted for its strength for some time. In a May 2001 article in Shooting Times, author Dick Metcalf reported that ...when the .454 Casull version of the Super Redhawk was introduced in 1999, Ruger spokesmen candidly acknowledged they did not expect the new chambering to be shot a lot for casual plinking or for steel-target competition. Its recoil was simply too severe. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!